The Curly Hair Project was founded by Alis Rowe. Alis has Asperger’s Syndrome but wasn’t diagnosed until adulthood. She spent her whole life feeling really isolated and ‘different’ and doesn’t want anyone else to have these feelings.
Autism and females
Lots of people are quite unaware of how autism presents in women. There are lots of women out there struggling and they perhaps don’t know why. Alis being open about it has already helped thousands of girls and women and their families around the world.
on the recommended reading list for people post-diagnosis
used by psychiatrists, GPs, psychologists, counsellors and other health professionals
used by teachers and support staff
endorsed by the leading psychologist in ASD, Professor Tony Attwood
recommended resources by the Association of Colleges
“I refer all my patients to Alis’ work and it really really helps them. She makes a massive difference.” – Psychiatrist
“I saw a family and the mother was in a terrible state. I mentioned for her to go and look at Alis’ work. When she came back for their next appointment, she had bought several books, subscribed to the website, gone to a workshop, and said it had completely transformed her relationship with her child. Suddenly she understood her child and their family life was transformed!” – Psychiatrist
What makes our work different
Based on real life, personal experiences
We teach people how to really apply the theory we teach about autism
A very ‘inclusive’ approach – supporting all people in developing communication and relationships
We don’t expect the rest of the world to change to fit in with the autistic person – we want everyone to adapt and work together!
We aim to help autistic people learn to understand themselves and their needs and ultimately be able to self-manage
Our work is all about acceptance, understanding and empathy for different world experiences
We can offer differentiated learning because Alis is on the autistic spectrum herself
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